The California hospital where Meghan Markle gave birth to a girl named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on Friday is a large nonprofit foundation founded in 1888 by a group of 50 women that oversees 2,400 births a year.
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is proud of its all-female founders, a heritage that is likely to strike a chord with the Duchess of Sussex for her interest in women’s empowerment.
Located in the center of Santa Barbara, it is one of the closest hospitals to their £11 million mansion in nearby Montecito, which is about ten minutes away by car.
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is proud of its all-female founders, a heritage that is likely to strike a chord with the Duchess of Sussex for her interest in women’s empowerment
The Cottage Hospital oversees 20,000 annual admissions and is run by parent company Cottage Health.
It consists of a 519-bed teaching hospital and trauma center, the largest of its kind between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.
According to the Cottage Health website, it opened on December 8, 1891, when Santa Barbara had fewer than 5,000 residents.
The wider group now includes sites in Goleta and Santa Ynez and a rehabilitation center and offers a comprehensive range of services.
They are ranked among the most efficiently managed in California, according to the Cottage Health website.
The Santa Barbara Hospital has about 600 medics and has undergone a $700 million renovation plan to make it earthquake-proof.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s daughter was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. She was born weighing 7lb 11oz and would have to get used to it at home.
She is the sister of two-year-old Archie and is the Queen’s eleventh great-grandchild – the monarch’s and Philip’s first great-grandchild since the death of the Duke of Edinburgh in April.
With the Sussexes living in California, it is not known when or if Lilibet will meet the monarch and the other royals.
However, it is possible that the Duke and Duchess may have given their daughter her names in an effort to build bridges with the royal family after the couple made a series of allegations against the firm.
Located in the center of Santa Barbara, it is one of the closest hospitals to the couple’s (pictured with Archie) £11 million mansion in nearby Montecito, which is about ten minutes away by car.
In a message of thanks from Meghan and Harry on their Archewell website, the Duke and Duchess said: ‘On June 4 we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili.
“She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we have felt from all over the world. Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”
A statement from their press secretary said: “It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world.
Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. under the trusted care of the doctors and staff of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California.
She weighed 7lbs 11oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and are starting to get used to it at home.
‘Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen, whose family name is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen in honor of her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.
This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
“The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family.”
This is the second child for the couple (pictured on an official visit to Sydney in 2018)